I really should stop being surprised by God's ways. Today we had a Service of Witness to the Resurrection (that's what we Presbyterians call funeral/memorial services) for a dear friend, mother of a dear friend, grandmother to a dear friend of my son's, pillar of the community. Psalm 23 was the psalm of the liturgy. So, as I said, I should not be surprised that it is the Psalm for the devotional today. But I am.
Questions for reflection:
- Where are your green pastures? Where are your still waters? Where is your darkest valley?
- My "Green Pastures" are my comfort zones. As are my still waters. That's where I don't have to "work at it."
- My Darkest Valleys are outside my comfort zone, where I have to work at being in the situation and contributing...
- Thinking of God as Shepherd helps me see as more than just loving Father. As Shepherd God will actively guide me, even when I'm acting like a typical sheep (the dumbest creatures in the animal kingdom.) God will make demands of me, but always for my own good.
- If God is with me in my Darkest Valleys, then I should stop being so trepidatious about stepping outside my comfort zone.